Category: Schizophrenia / Psychotic Disorders
Keywords: Psychosis / Psychotic Disorders | African Americans
Presentation Type: Symposium
This study compared baseline characteristics of Black Americans and Caucasians with first-episode psychosis in the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode Early Treatment Program (RAISE-ETP), with the aim of highlighting racial disparities for future research and intervention. Black American (N = 152) and Caucasian (N = 218) participants were compared on demographic, psychosocial, clinical, and neurocognitive measures. A greater proportion of Black Americans than Caucasians were female, and Black Americans reported less personal and parental education than Caucasians. Black Americans were also more likely to have public insurance or be uninsured, had significantly poorer quality of life, more severe disorganized symptoms, worse neurocognition, and were less likely to abuse alcohol than Caucasians. This study revealed several notable differences in baseline characteristics between Black Americans and Caucasians with first-episode psychosis. The implications of these findings are discussed, and suggestions are provided for future avenues of treatment and research on racial discrepancies in first-episode psychosis.
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Friday, November 17
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
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